Brass

Faculty
Mark Barton, Brass Area Coordinator

No pic available Mark Barton, tuba
Current tubist with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the Moores Brass Quintet, and teacher of Applied Tuba and Chamber Music at the Moores School of Music. He is an active teacher and freelance artist, having performed with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and the Waco Symphony. Mr. Barton received degrees in music education and applied music from Baylor University in 1981 and then taught for several years in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.
Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes, trumpet
Currently Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony since 2006, Hughes was Associate Principal Trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the 12 years previously.  Noteworthy performances include Haydn's Trumpet Concerto under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto, and, with the HSO, the Shostakovich Concerto #1 for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra as well as Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2 and Copland’s Quiet City under the baton of Maestro Hans Graf.  Hugues has also performed and recorded with the Boston and Chicago Symphonies. Recording labels include Duetsche Grammophon, Telarc, Sony Classics, Naxos, New World, Argo and Nonesuch. He also recorded for NPR Classics, performing works used during the 1996 Olympics. Along with being an Artist Affiliate at the University of Houston, Hughes currently teaches at the Texas Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center.

Thomas Hulten

Thomas Hultén, trombone/euphonium
Principal trombone with the Houston Grand Opera/Houston Ballet. Hultén studied at the Gothenburg Music Conservatory in Sweden, where he studied trombone with Ingemar Roos and Christian Lindberg. He has performed with the Gothenburg Symphony, the Gothenburg Opera, the Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm, the Helsingborg Symphony, the Norrköping Symphony, the Stavanger (Norway) Symphony and the Trondheim (Norway) Symphony. A regular performer with Houston's Theater Under The Stars and the Houston Broadway series, Hultén is also an active jazz composer and arranger. Tierra Studios released his jazz album "Slide Side" in 2009. This album was nominated for five Grammys in 2010 and has been released internationally on the Prophone-label, a division of Naxos. www.thomashulten.com

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson, French horn
Currently, Johnson is the Associate Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Prior 2012, he was Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Principal Horn of both the Dayton Philharmonic and Richmond Symphony, Fourth Horn of the Honolulu Symphony, and a member of the New World Symphony. Robert has performed with the IRIS Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. He has performed as a Concerto Soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and at the Chicago Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.  In addition, Johnson has performed with Aspen Music Festival, Cascade Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Strings Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Tanglewood Music Festival as well as the Perlman Music Program in both Shelter Island, NY and Sarasota, FL. In the Summer of 2013, he also joins the faculty of the Texas Music Festival. A graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Robert studied with William VerMeulen.

No pic available Brian Kauk, trombone
Formerly principal trombone with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and the Houston Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Kauk joined the faculty as Trombone affiliate artist and became a member of the Moores Brass Quintet in 1995. He has performed extensively with the Houston Symphony Orchestra including 2 international tours and recordings. Mr Kauk has performed in the Grand Teton Music Festival and teaches at the Texas Music Festival during the summer.
Noe Marmolejo Noe Marmolejo, jazz trumpet; Director, Jazz Ensembles
Active jazz and classical trumpet performer; active adjudicator and clinician in Houston area; former conductor, Houston Youth Symphony and Ballet Orchestra; director, Jazz Institute of the Texas Music Festival, as well as festival brass ensemble coach.
Ilan Morgenstern Ilan Morgenstern, bass trombone
Ilan Morgenstern is bass trombonist with the San Antonio Symphony, as well as the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra.  Prior to his current positions, Ilan has held positions with the Jacksonville Symphony and Kansas City Symphony, and in addition has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, New Israeli Opera, and the Israel Philharmonic.  As a soloist, Ilan has performed concertos with several orchestras, has performed recitals throughout the United States, and has won numerous awards for his playing.
Gavin Reed Gavin Reed, French horn
An active freelance artist in the Houston area, Reed appeared frequently with the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and Houston Symphony. He toured with Canadian Brass on their “Legends” tour, participated in the Las Vegas Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute and the Music Academy of the West, and appeared with the symphony orchestras of Tallahassee, Raleigh, San Antonio and Milwaukee and Houston.  Principal teachers— Gail Williams and William Barnewitz, additional studies with William VerMeulen, David Jolley, Jeff Nelsen and Eli Epstein.  M.M., Northwestern University.
No pic available Jim Vassallo, trumpet
Currently principal trumpet with the Houston Ballet Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. A teacher and frequent performer with the Texas Music Festival each summer, he has also performed with the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the AIM Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.
Danny Vinson

Dan Vinson, euphonium
Frequent soloist with the Coast Guard Band and with other college and professional ensembles through the US. Appearances at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in June 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and for eleven consecutive years at the Northern Germany Low Brass Workshop. In July 2003 Dan performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine as a part of the annual Horovitz Festival in Kiev.  Well-known clinician with appearances in New England area high schools and state music educators conferences, the renowned National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and at the Atlanta (Georgia) International Band and Orchestra Clinic.  Degrees from University of North Texas and University of Illinois.